There still remains some dispute whether the 'Cyprus' was derived from the word kuprum ('copper') or if the name for the ore was derived from the island. Because Cyprus is situated so very close to the mayor civilizations in the Levant one might expect to find some clue in Egyptian hieroglyphs and in the Scriptures.
The West-Semitic word √kpr is a root with many meanings. One is found in the Hebrew kōp(p)er ('henna') used for red dye. If kōp(p)er is 'red' it can also have been in use as (red) copper. Kypros/Cyprus therefore seems a West Semitic name for the island famous for its copper, rather than the toponym originating the metal name found in the Latin cuprum.
ps: Strangely, this site doesn't support hieroglyphs. It changed them into a series of little squares. I had to convert part of my text to an image.
 Bernal: Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization. Volume III: The Linguistic Evidence – 2006
 Velikovsky: Capthor – varchive.org